1411. Then summer fades and passes and October comes. ~Thomas Wolfe

Spring flowers are long since gone.
Summer’s bloom hangs limp on every terrace.
The gardener’s feet drag a bit on the dusty path
and the hinge in his back is full of creaks.
~Louise Seymour Jones

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Well October did indeed come and the summer heat dropped about 10 degrees ONLY which does NOT indicate fading as much as frying because the “heat beast” is still breathing his nasty, fiery breath upon us. And most of summer’s bloom is more crunchy than it is limp. So where oh where is my beloved Autumn and it’s divine cooler temps??? Is some grumpy old troll-like curmudgeon holding it back??? We may get a taste of fall tomorrow and the next day but then after those two days we’re going right back up into the high 80’s and low 90’s AGAIN!!! Daily I read blogs about autumn’s splendor and first frosts and see lovely photos of it all. I have waited patiently, well maybe not so patiently since patience is NOT my strong suit, to wake up and find that the colorful leaves and a first frost have at long last arrived here. But alas and alack, zilch, nada, nuttin’ even remotely resembling autumn has been able to penetrate the armor of the Texas “heat monster.” And I know this about Texas because I have lived here over 50 years now. But being the ever-hopeful woman that I am, I keep thinking that just once maybe the “monster” will “shuffle off to Buffalo” when it is supposed too!!! But it won’t and so this is the time of year when I have to make lists reminding me that there is goodness in each and every day even if it’s not “packaged” the way I expect or want it to be. So please allow me to express my envy of those areas where autumn has come as well as vocalize my loud, obnoxious, and whiny ARGHHHHHHHHHH about summer’s lingering and stifling continuance one last time!!!

For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. ~Psalm 32:4 ✝

**Photos taken in her yard by Natalie

12 thoughts on “1411. Then summer fades and passes and October comes. ~Thomas Wolfe

  1. I know how you feel dear friend. I always want some fall to move in like I used to know up north. I guess we never do get used to the Texas weather, or lack of it. Been here over 30 years and still my wishes remain the same. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. Ok, you’re not alone—I’m trying to avoid the scenes of idyllic wonders of fall from other places as we are stuck in some sort of perpetual time warp of summer.
    By now, I’d have mums out in pots rather than the ferns that are going strong. I’d pull out the sweaters and scarves… instead my shorts and sandals are going strong….
    Those hearty and tasty recipes sit on the shelf of a memory and wish as I still dread turning on the oven as not to add any more heat inside then what is already here….
    Enough all ready!!!!!
    Cool, crisp and colorful…where are you????!!!!

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